Sweden cracks down on refugees falsely claiming to be minorsby Beatrice Credi - 2017.08.04
Sweden’s strong stance against refugees who pretended to be minors in order to get free social services has paid off. The new method of verifying the age of asylum-seekers, introduced at the beginning of 2017, based on dental s-rays (of wisdom teeth) together with MRIs of the knee joint, successfully uncovered the fake under-18 year olds. To the point that, unlike in previous years, when the system of age-checking was more superficial, the percentage of adult refugees living in the country over the last 6 months jumped to over 80%. However, the scientific community’s opinion of this method is not unanimous. “This method is not a sure way of judging biological age. If we are unable to obtain the age with certainty, then we should not try and guess it”, declared, for example, an endocrinologist from the Istituto Karolinska, Claude Marcus.
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